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Arab, noun

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English.
Especially in Natal: a Muslim of Indian descent, usually of the wealthier merchant class. Also attributive. See also passenger.
Note:
Also used elsewhere.
1885 Law 3 in Stat. Law of Tvl 1839–1910 (1910) I. 135Relating to Coolies, Arabs, and other Asiatics...This law shall apply to the persons belonging to one of the native races of Asia, including the so-called Coolies, Arabs, Malays, and Mohamedan subjects of the Turkish Empire.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 225Known as Arabs or ‘Passengers’, and most of them Muslims from the State of Gujarat, they began to arrive in the 1870s and constituted the upper stratum of Indians in southern Africa.
a Muslim of Indian descent, usually of the wealthier merchant class. Also attributive.

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